Phillies fall to Blue Jays, 7-5, in Grapefruit League action
DUNEDIN, Fla. – Home runs from Darin Ruf and John Mayberry Jr. weren’t enough to offset Toronto’s bats in big innings against Phillies relievers Jake Diekman and Ethan Martin, giving the Blue Jays a 7-5 victory in the teams’ second spring meeting in as many days.
Kenny Wilson and Jose Reyes lashed RBI singles among four hits against Diekman in the Toronto fourth. An inning later, Melky Cabrera’s two-run double sparked a three-run outburst to end Martin’s day after just four batters.
Martin left the game with a trainer, complaining of shoulder discomfort. He later told reporters he felt pain in the back of his shoulder and he could feel the ball not coming out right. He’s scheduled to be examined by a doctor on Friday.
Phillies starter Cliff Lee went two innings in his spring debut, though he gave up hard-hit balls to Toronto’s first three batters. After Jose Reyes flied out to right, Moises Sierra and Jose Bautista pounded back-to-back doubles off the wall in right center for a run.
Lee settled down to retire the remaining five batters he faced, three on strikeouts.
After Martin’s misadventure, relievers Michael Stutes, Mario Hollands and B.J. Rosenberg combined to hold the Blue Jays hitless the rest of the way.
Ruf blasted a two-run homer in the third, whacking his first pitch from Esmil Rogers off the scoreboard behind left-center. Mayberry also dinged the scoreboard with his solo homer in the sixth against Aaron Loup.
Mayberry wound up going 2-for-3, with a single and stolen base in the second. Ben Revere had the Phillies’ other three hits, scoring the game’s first run aided by a Toronto error on Bobby Abreu’s grounder and a passed ball by Erik Kratz.
Philadelphia (0-2) scored its other run in the eighth without the aid of a hit. Mikael Franco reached when third baseman Jared Goedert misplayed his grounder, going to second on a walk and to third when Kelly Dugan took a Rob Rasmussen pitch off his wrist.
Toronto first baseman Andy LaRoche tried to turn Tommy Joseph’s grounder into a double play, but threw in the dirt to second as Franco scored.
Toronto reliever Brett Cecil (1-0) was credited with the win, while Diekman took the loss.
The Phillies return to Clearwater on Friday, still seeking their first spring victory when they send Kyle Kendrick to the mound against Detroit. First pitch is scheduled for 1:05 p.m.